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WHO fears 700,000 more deaths in Europe.

Europe remains in the firm grip of Covid and the deaths toll on the continent could top 2.2 million this winter. If current trends continue, then Europe would face around 7 lakh more deaths. The World Health Organization has warned the agencies and governments. Some 700,000 could die in the coming months, the WHO said. However, cases creep up across Europe, prompting some countries to reimpose tough restrictions. 

The WHO expects high or extreme stress in  (ICUs) in 49 out of 53 countries between now and March 1, 2022. Cumulative reported deaths are projected to reach over 2.2 million by spring next year, up from the current 1.5 million. Covid-19 is the leading cause of death across Europe and Central Asia, the WHO cited figures from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The rise in Europe was being driven by a combination of the highly-contagious Delta variant. The insufficient vaccination coverage and the easing of measures such as mask-wearing and physical distancing were also a reason.  

Covid-related deaths increased last week to nearly 4,200 a day. 

According to WHO data, Covid-related deaths increased last week to nearly 4,200 a day. It doubled from 2,100 deaths a day at the end of September. The WHO also said evidence was growing that vaccine-induced protection against infection and mild disease was declining. However, The Covid-19 situation across Europe and Central Asia is very serious. We face a challenging winter ahead, regional director for WHO Europe, Hans Kluge, said. He called for a vaccine plus approach, consisting of vaccinations, social distancing, the use of face masks, and hand washing. The WHO said face masks reduce Covid incidence by 53 percent according to a recent study. We could prevent 160,000 deaths (by March 1) if universal mask coverage of 95 percent is achieved. 

WHO fears 700,000 more deaths in Europe.

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